Imagineering Wednesdays: Baile Folklorico
When I was a kid in elementary school in El Paso, Texas, I remember having to take folklorico classes in addition to my regular P.E. classes. At the time I couldn’t (or wouldn’t) appreciate the art and instead enjoyed my after school ballet program.
Now that I’m no longer a kid afraid of boy cooties with a strong dislike for skirts and dresses, the art of folklorico is quite beautiful.
Baile folklorico literally means “folkloric dance” and is a collective term for traditional Latin American dances. The dances have strong ties to culture and specific regions are known for specific dances. For example, Jalisco Mexico is known for the Jarabe Tapatio (The Hat Dance), Guerrero is known for it’s sintesis and tixtla and Michoacán is known for Historia del Traje de la Mujer Michoacana, which depicts a local folk tale.
If you are a dancer (ballet, folklorico, contemporary, etc) do your roots play a special role toward your dance style?
We posted this Imagineering Wednesday a while back and we are revisiting this in the hopes that you, readers, will share with us some of your experiences. Dance has a big place in Latino culture. Different regions have different types of dances to tell stories relevant to each one. One of our goals is to tell the untold stories and share your experiences relating to the latino culture. Share with us any stories and photos of you dancing folklorico or any other type of dance! http://smithsonianlvm.tumblr.com/submit
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